We have finally arrived in Hanoi, our final destination (if you don't count an overnight trip to Halong Bay as a separate destination - which I'm not going to do as we'll return to Hanoi). To get here we've:
Got a bus from Singapore to Melaka; then a bus to Penang, followed by a boat to Palau Langkawi and a flight to Kuala Lumpur. We've flown to Phuket; got a boat to Koh Lanta; a bus and a boat to Koh Samui followed by a flight (and bus, and boat) to Bangkok. We then flew to Sukhothai, before getting a bus to Chiang Mai, a bus to Chiang Rai, and a bus to Chiang Khong. We then took a slow boat for two days to Luang Prabang (via Pak Beng), followed by a bus to Vientiane. We then took a bit of a detour and flew to Kuala Lumpur, before flying to Siem Reap. We then got a bus to Phnom Penh. We took a bus to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon); a bus to Da Lat; a bus to Nha Trang. We flew to Hoi An (via Danang), then got a bus to Hue and a car to Danang (over the Hai Van Pass). We finally flew to Hanoi.
Most of these bus journeys averaged around 7-8 hours, with a 10 hour journey in there too. Some of these journeys (well, most), have been amazing, the scenery we've seen along the way is definitely worth it. Some have been full of people being travel sick, and they have all put me to sleep for at least an hour along the way (lucky Lee!). For someone who never used to sleep in cars or buses, I definitely do now! We've been pretty lucky in finding cheap flights along the way, which have saved us time, and prevented us from taking horribly long journeys! Flashpackers anyone?!
So, we're trying not to think of the horrible 24 hour journey to Manchester (where it'll most likely be pouring down when we get home, as it's always raining when I land home) via Bangkok and Abu Dhabi. Instead we're going to chase down the rest of our presents, last minute souvenirs, and have fun in the last city of an amazing trip. To all who have never been to SE Asia, you should!
I realise this all sounds a bit final, but we've got plenty yet to do, so you'll definitely be hearing from us again before we come home. And hopefully I won't be dropping any shorts on this two day boat trip...